Some of you may remember Randy Winn from his time with the (then) Devil Rays, particularly Oct. 3, 1999 – when he hit an inside-the-park grand slam off Jeff Juden. You don’t see that everyday.
Eleven years later, Winn is now a member of the Yankees and he got on the phone with a west coast reporter from the AP yesterday to talk about joining his new team. It remains to be seen just how much playing time Winn will get – he’ll be competing with Brett Gardner during spring training – but he does provide the so-called “veteran presence” and it’ll be interesting to see if he can impart any wisdom about base-stealing (he averages 21 a year) or defense.
“They’re the World Series champions from last year and I have a chance to compete and get some playing time,” Winn said. “I thought it was a great fit, being a versatile guy who can play all three outfield positions and can hit anywhere in the lineup.”
At the very least, Winn has come up with an approach for how to handle himself in the clubhouse and with the media.
“I’ll be low-key,” he said. “I’ll let (Alex) Rodriguez, (Derek) Jeter and CC (Sabathia) do all the talking.”